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March 2019
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What does Melville studies look like after a phase of intense critical activity? This book addresses that question by analyzing Melville as a writer who was keenly interested in the pleasures, limits, and possibilities of various reading practices. It collects and assesses all of the major new trends in Melville studies. Essays, written by some of the leading scholars in the field, test out emerging critical methods. They explore Melville's centrality to American literary studies and consider the full range of Melville's career, connecting his poetry to his prose. This collection re-imagines Melville as a theorist as well as a writer, approaching his works as philosophical forms in their own right. It shows how scholars are changing Melville studies not only by re-orienting the texts upon which those studies are based, but also by incorporating new approaches that unsettle prior assumptions and interpretive claims.


'Much of his work remains an enigma, opening possibilities for further readings and further modes of criticism, against prevailing winds that took Melville to uncharted territory … Highly recommended.'

R. T. Prus Source: Choice

‘No one interested in Melville’s writing will be disappointed with the quality and range of the close reading displayed in Cody Marrs’s The New Melville Studies.’

Graham Thompson Source: American Literary History

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